jennifer517 said: Thank you for all your help. I will be traveling and hiking alone. Is it safe to go on hikes alone? Do I need to worry about wildlife? Are there groups I can join with to hike?
Safety includes a lot of concepts.
Safety depends on managing risk and conditions....knowledge of trails, equipment, training, experience, etc. Matching the trail to your level of experience....
At that time of year, there will be a lot of people on the trails, assuming good weather. You will be unlikely to hike without seeing other people. You will not need to worry about wildlife. They will either be avoiding you, or watching with amusement from a distance.
Some trails are for beginners; some are for experts. You can, indeed, be very far up, with a slip and fall leading to a long trip down. However, there are many trails that have good surfaces and adequate safety, including occasional hand rails, rock steps, etc.
I belong to REGA, a Swiss ski ( and hiker) helicopter rescue organization that costs me 30 or 35 CHF per year. Two of my Swiss friends, both experienced hikers - have used their services for broken ankles after a slip and fall. Excellent service. If you are concerned about accidents on the trail, you should consider it. (REGA is the oldest, but there are a couple of competitors now. I don't know anything about them.)
Google search for "Swiss REGA."
Here is a link to their home page.
Trails are classified by difficulty, so you can chose the degree of difficulty. The home page of the Wanderwege organization is only in French and German, and discusses that..
swiss wanderwege blogspot
I cant find an english description of the three trail types at the moment, but the basic class - Hiking Trails - only requires sturdy shoes. They are marked with yellow signs.
The others are mountain trails which require boots and possibly even more equipment (red and white trail signs.)
What hiking experience do you bring with you? Do you hike at elevations above one mile high now? Do you have good boots? What kind of distances do you cover when you hike now?
Know how to read topos?
Check the map on the right of the home page here:
swisstopo.admin.ch/ internet/swisstopo/ en/home.html
Answering your questions requires some knowledge of your skills and experience.